Sacraments 2018-01-10T11:44:32+00:00


Arranging a Baptism As Parents, it is your faith that carries your child to the baptismal font. It is the Parents and God-Parents who make the baptismal promises for the child. It is a promise made before God and the gathered Church.

Baptisms are celebrated every Saturday at 4.30pm and every Sunday at 1pm. 

Baptisms must be booked at least one month in advance. Please bring a copy of the child’s birth certificate with you when booking.

If you live outside the Parish of New Ross, you must get a Letter of Permission from your Parish Priest to have your child baptised in the Parish Church before the booking can be accepted.

A priest of the parish will contact you a few days prior to the Baptism and arrange a suitable time to meet with you.

Choosing Godparents.

A Godfather and a Godmother.


  • must be at least 16 years of age.
  • must have received the three Sacraments of Christian Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion.
  • should have the maturity and intention to carry out the responsibilities of Godparent.

To enquire about Baptism, please contact the parish office. 051 421348.


A priest is available to celebrate the Sacrament of Penance in the parish church:

  • every Saturday evening at 5:30pm
  • after 10am Mass Monday – Saturday (please inquire in the sacristy)
  • by appointment with a priest of the parish.

First Holy Communion

First Holy Communion is organized through the schools in cooperation with the parish community and home.

The reception of this most Sacred Sacrament and Treasure of the Church assumes an active faith life on the part of the child’s parent(s)/ guardian(s).

Candidates for First Holy Communion must be baptized Catholics and at least one parent/guardian must be VERIFIABLY Roman Catholic i.e. Baptism Certificate.


The Sacrament of Confirmation for school-going children is organized through our local Catholic Schools in conjunction with the parish community and the child’s home. Alongside the preparations made in school, the parish uses the ‘You Shall Be My Witnesses’ preparation programme.

Candidates for Confirmation must have already received the Sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist (Holy Communion). At least one of the candidate’s parent(s)/guardian(s) must be VERIFIABLY Roman Catholic, i.e. Baptism Cert.

Adult Candidates for Confirmation, please consult the RCIA link on this site.


Information re celebrating the Sacrament of Marriage in New Ross. An online copy of the Parish Guidance Leaflet?

Vocations Information 


Sick Newsletter notice re Visitation, First Fridays, etc.


Life is a journey that continually searches for meaning. The human heart hungers for relationships that nurture one’s maturity and ability to love and to be loved.   Often as one seeks to fulfil these very human yearnings, the realisation that something is missing from life is made.   As one reflects upon this void, it is not unusual to discover that this something is God. This awakening may lead to a turning point in one’s life to commit to a relationship with God and seek out a worshipping community to guide one’s journey in faith.

The RCIA, which stands for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is a time of preparation through which non-baptised men and women enter the Catholic Faith.  (It is also for those baptised Catholic, but never confirmed and those who have been baptised in a different faith tradition who wish to become Catholic.) It includes several stages marked by study, prayer and rites at Mass.

Participants in the RCIA are known as catechumens. They undergo a process of conversion as they study the Gospel, profess faith in Jesus and the Catholic Church, and receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist. The RCIA process follows the ancient practice of the Church and was restored by the Second Vatican Council as the normal way adults prepare for Baptism and Confirmation.

To discuss the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults in greater detail please contact any of the priests in the parish or the parish office at 051 421348